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Cop Pretends to be Teenage Girl & Catches Pedophile, Say Police

A Chicago man's sex chats with someone he thought was a 14-year-old Naperville girl turned out to really be with a cop, so he went to jail, police said.

A Chicago man who thought he was preying on a 14-year-old Naperville girl got the surprise of his life when he found out he'd actually been sex-talking and exposing himself to a cop, police said.

Mark Barreto, 34, of 300 N. Canal St. was jailed Wednesday on charges of aggravated child pornography, regular child pornography, indecent solicitation of a child, and grooming.

"The Bolingbrook Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI were instrumental in conducting the investigation and securing the arrest," according to a release from the Will County State's Attorney's Office. 

Barreto allegedly transferred digital images of child pornography over the Internet. His online creepiness also included discussing "acts of sexual conduct over the Internet with someone he believed to be a child" and exposing "himself to that individual," according to a statement released by Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow's office.

But the person Barreto believed to be a child was in reality "the persona of a 14-year-old Naperville girl that was created by High Technology Crimes Unit investigators," the statement said.

A Bolingbrook man with whom Barreto discussed setting up a sex date with a 14-year-old girl at a Bolingbrook hotel "launched" the investigation into Barreto's alleged illegal conduct, according to the statement from the state's attorney's office. The same statement said Barreto's arrest followed a six-month investigation by the High Technology Crimes Unit.

Six months ago, officers with the High Technology Crimes Unit arrested Bolingbrook man Joseph Truschke on five counts of aggravated child pornography.

Truschke, 35, faced up to 30 years in prison on the class X felony charge, but after pleading guilty six weeks ago—and despite a prior sex crime conviction for sexually abusing a 4-year-old—he is due to be released from prison only four years after he was locked up.

Truschke is doing his time at Big Muddy Correctional Center.

Barreto's bond was set at $250,000. Just as Truschke had when he was arrested, Barreto faces up to 30 years in prison on the aggravated child pornography charge alone.

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Shana Rowan November 01, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Patch, your obsession with sex offenders is really getting ridiculous. A "pedophile" is not someone attracted to a teenager. A pedophile is someone diagnosed by a mental health professional to be sexually attracted to pre-pubescent children. Do you guys have any requirements for who gets to be an editor or can it be an 8-year-old playground bully?
Sheila m November 01, 2012 at 01:02 PM
He's a pedophile and a predator, period. Hope he never gets the chamce to victimize another child. Thank you for keeping us alert to these sleazeballs in our midst Patch.
Pro Life Crusader + November 01, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Castrate all pedophiles!!
mario perez November 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
What a STUPID comment! Too many kids are getting raped, abused, kidnapped or killed by these sex offenders.
Don November 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Shana, if you read the article again you will see one of the charges is Aggravated Child Pornography. The difference bwtx Aggravated and regular Child Pornography is that the victim child has to be under the age of 13 for it to be Aggravated. It sounds like this guy was actively preying on kids of any age.
becremm November 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Thank you for keeping us aware of these crazies Patch. I want to know what they look like and who they are so I can keep my 4-year old daughter safe. Shana....you are as crazy as the perverts!
Jim Nolan November 01, 2012 at 08:11 PM
It's easy to see how screwed up you are from your FB page Shana. Most normal people have a real distaste for those that try to abuse or exploit children. Personally I would like them to never see the light of day again. https://www.facebook.com/retroglamour?ref=ts&fref=ts
Tonya Morris November 01, 2012 at 10:59 PM
You never know a person. I used to work with this sicko! I feel for his wife, she was living with a monster and had no clue!
Mom of 2 November 01, 2012 at 11:23 PM
A 34 year old should not be interested in a 14 year old. Great job BPD and reporting this crime!
Edelweiss November 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Shana, Give it up. Don't be so picky... your comment is extremely stupid! I commend "Patch" for coming down on creeps such as Mark "The Pedophile" Barreto!
lala November 02, 2012 at 01:04 AM
It's not an obsession but news that parents need to know and should know. I am glad they report it. How do you equate The Patch reporting this to a playground bully? You can put lip stick on a pig but it is still a pig. There is a special place in hell for those that commit sex crimes with children whether they are pedophiles or perverts and those that condone it.
Detective Rich Wistocki November 04, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Thank You Patch for warning the public!! Your viewer comments give us pride to continue to catch these predators. Thank you viewers Will County States Attorney's High Technology Crimes Unit
ctu November 22, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I'm sick to my stomach
ctu November 22, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This guy is back to work and we have pictures of our kids on our desk. how do we know if he don't take them. this is not good. I don't believe they let him back.
ctu November 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
mark, what were u thinking?
John Roberts November 23, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I would rather have police catching these people than out catching,in trapping people with minor petty offenses...Here is time well spent...
Colorado Tec November 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
This guy works at university. I'm a student there and very disappointed. I noticed he's back at work. I'm just flabber gas that they allowed him back at CTU. we need to speak Up and get him out. I know some of my classmates wanted to go public.
stephanie November 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Aghast at your comment. He abused a 4 year old and a 14 year old. I don't care about the semantics of pedophile. I think you attacking the editor was underhanded.
Dragonfly December 14, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Shana Rowan are you for real? Do you have some kind of sick love of sex offenders? Anyone who preys on a child is a predator and that can not be 'loved' or "punished" or "Counseled" out of them. I am GLAD to know that officers are out there catching these sickos and I know it is not an easy job to be on the front lines of witnessing these abhorrent behaviors. THANK YOU PATCH for keeping us updated on who the sickos are as they are caught.

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